In this episode, we discuss the cultural baggage created by a history of post-colonial oppression, the tropes of oppression that have created cultural baggage, resulting in some people of color developing the limiting beliefs that adventure sports are only for white people, and more.

You can read about the importance of equitable representation of people of color in Paddling Magazine: https://paddlingmag.com/stories/news-events/kokatat-antoinette-lee-toscano-ambassador/

Host: Antoinette Lee Toscano, —MBA Producer/Creator- of WhitewaterTV, co-founder of Diversify Whitewater–a national non-profit organization removing barriers for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) entering and excelling in whitewater paddlesports like kayaking, rafting, stand up paddling and river surfing. Team River Runner–Fort Collins, Colorado Assistant Chapter Coordinator. A Badfish SUP paddling team member, contributing writer at Rapid Media’s Paddling Magazine and Culturs, global multicultural magazine.

Meet our panelists:

Jessica Newton–Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Vibe Tribe Adventures, formerly known as Black Girls Hike. The President and CEO of a project development firm–OBI Power, LLC. And a national board member for the American Hiking Society. Vibe Tribe Adventures, is a global outdoor and adventure company to encourage people of color and urban youth to explore the great outdoors, practice conservation, be educated on health and wellness, and inspire one another to be authentically who they are, naturally. 

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/thevibetribeadventures   Facebook Groups https://www.facebook.com/groups/vibetribeadventures   Instagram https://www.instagram.com/vibe.tribe.adventures/   Twitter https://twitter.com/AdventuresTribe

Patrice M. Palmer, MASJ, FRSA they/them/theirs–Director, Social and Cultural Inclusion for the College of Business at Colorado State University this position is jointly held with New Belgium Brewing Company as their DEI Specialist. Patrice was recognized in 2020 by Hop Culture Magazine as one of the Most Important Voices in Craft Beer for their contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion within the craft beer industry. Patrice is also the CEO and Principal Consultant at eROOT Consulting, LLC an internationally recognized consulting firm that works with SMB companies/organizations as well as B2B startups to craft, implement and maintain inclusive DEI strategies. 


Chris Farris United States Marine Corps, retired, co-chapter coordinator and Diversity Committee Co-Chair for Team River Runner–a national 501(c)(3) organization providing free kayaking, rafting, and stand up paddling instruction and more to U.S. veterans and their families. He is a surf ski racer, class III kayaker, a graduate of the River Rat School Friends of the River Advocate, a Rivers of Change Ambassador Diversity Grant Recipient, and an Environmental Traveling Companions Sea Kayak Guide–San Francisco Bay.


Rukmini Halliwell, Advertising Executive at Cossette in Toronto, Ontario. Cartoonist, family-adventure enthusiast, amateur mycologist–observer of fungal life, and board member of the Toronto Mycology Society of Toronto.
 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rukminihalliwell/ 

Ray Black, PhD, Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department of Ethnic Studies, Colorado State University, and avid outdoor adventurer.


Producer/Creator: Antoinette Lee Toscano
About Antoinette Lee Toscano: https://antoinettetoscano.com/about-me/

Antoinette Lee Toscano on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/antoinetteleetoscano/

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